KEEN Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Shoe – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the KEEN Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Shoe – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 83 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.9 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 1550

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Cushioned toe protection.
  • Comfortable to wear with orthotics.
  • The heel is high and takes the weight off your ankle.
  • Stable and supportive.
  • Wide toe-box and contoured around the ankle and heel.
  • Insole is removable for those who need to customize the support.
  • The tongue is bellowed to help keep water out.
  • Minimum break-in time.
  • Efficient medial-lateral stability.

Expert Reviews

  • Mesh covers the laces, tongue, and ankle collar to help with breathability.
  • 4mm multi-directional lugs aid in traction and stability.
  • Sole consists of EVA midsole, a torsion stability ESS, and a rubber outsole.
  • Tongue is well padded and the footbed feels balanced.
  • Four eyelet lacing system for adjustability.
  • Protection in the toe box is top-of-the-line.
  • Upper part of the shoe consists mostly of leather, which is very long-lasting.
  • Pull loops on the heel and tongue allow for easy on-off use.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Some issues with sizing discrepancies, with people suggesting to buy true-to-size compared to ordering a half-size up as Keen suggests.
  • Not very breathable.
  • May need to lace through the tongue to ensure foot doesn’t slip forward.
  • Some reports of the top of the foot bruising when laced tightly.
  • Foot can get hot due to lack of breathability in the waterproof membrane.
  • Heavy feeling (due to durable and long-lasting material).

Expert Reviews

  • Reports of needing more arch support.
  • KEEN.DRY membrane isn’t the most breathable model.
  • Targhee II didn’t stick to surfaces as well as the competition.
  • Not for running due to weight and bulkiness.
  • Shoes leaked where the synthetic mesh meets the leather of the upper.
  • Midsole is exposed and shows wear-and-tear.
  • Many users report delamination of the sole as a key issue.


The KEEN Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Shoe for women is a fairly reliable and durable shoe for non-aggressive hikers. Its wide toe box and non-restrictive support make this a comfortable hiking option.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.